"There is nothing more important than the safety of our students," said district spokesperson, Mark Bounds. School District Five of Lexington and Richland Counties, located on the western side of Columbia, SC, recently announced that it will pilot an extra security measure at Leaphart Elementary School. "When we heard about this new technology, we wanted to test it in one of our schools," Bounds added. The new system provides administrators with a direct line to law enforcement agencies in case of emergency.
This news comes at a time when school and teacher safety has become the primary concern of parents and the public across the nation. "District Five is always looking for ways to make our schools even more safe," said Michael Poole, the District's Security and Safety Specialist. "We are very proud of our efforts to keep our schools safe and secure, and this is one more tool for us."
Simple & cost effective, the Tattletale Panic System significantly reduces the police response time in the event of a life threatening situation. Built-in safety redundancies allow the Tattletale to work during power and phone line outages.
Distributed nationally by Argus Agents, Inc., Tattletale Portable Alarm System is the world's first patented, portable, and cellular wireless panic button system designed specifically to protect schools. The base unit resides in a centrally located office while everyone else is given a small wireless panic button to carry in person. It works like a silent bank alarm, alerting police and key personnel simultaneously at the touch of a button.
Key Leaphart Elementary staff will have the panic button on their person at all times. In the event of an emergency, they will simply press on the button to alert key Administrators, their on-site law enforcement officer, and emergency dispatchers. Principal Kelly Brown said, "We wanted to create an environment where everyone on campus feels safe and within reach of help should the need arise. Safety is and will continue to be our number one priority so that laser-like focus on teaching and learning can take place every day."
Michael Poole added, "Seconds count in an emergency situation and this panic button gives staff another way to alert both on-site and outside resources with little effort and even covertly, so that the appropriate resources can begin their response as quickly as possible."
Starting in 2015, North Carolina will mandate that every public school have a panic alarm system and many states are looking to follow North Carolina's lead. South Carolina does not currently have this requirement, but proactive school districts like School District 5 of Lexington and Richland Counties are taking a lead in school safety.
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